Zorlu PSM announced its highly anticipated new season programme. Zorlu PSM will continue to be the meeting point of some of the best artists from all around the world.
NIYAZ: THE FOURTH LIGHT PROJECT // September 27th 2018 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ // 20:30
Presenting the “The Fourth Light Project”, NIYAZ will be at Zorlu PSM on September 27!
Notable electroacoustic music group NIYAZ in collaboration with interactive designer/ visual artist Jerome Delapierre present “The Fourth Light Project,” a cutting-edge immersive, multisensory show unlike any other. The Fourth Light immersive multi-media project is the newest program of this Persian/Turkish/Indian electroacoustic musical tour de force NIYAZ. The show is based on Niyaz’ latest album “The Fourth Light,” which was inspired by the first female Sufi mystic and poet Rabia Al Basri, born in the 8th century in Iraq. She is recognized as a saint as she was the one who set forth the doctrine of Divine Love and non-duality, which today lie at the heart of Sufi mysticism.
“Niyaz – and especially their Fourth Light Project – offers the prime example of what those of us in the performing arts field aspire to bring to every audience – transformative experience. It is a visually and aurally stunning evening that fuses artistry and technology” – Scott Stoner Vice president of programs and resources at APAP
“The Fourth light project works. Its new. Its Novel. No gimmick. Its good: For all the right reasons – It’s a standing Ovation Guaranteed”- Anisa Mehdi, Journalist
Meet & Greet
A Meet & Greet with Niyaz crew will be organized prior to the show at Velvet. Tickets are limited to capacity.
A Meet & Greet ticket is not a NIYAZ: The Fourth Light Project concert ticket. Both tickets are sold individually.
ANNA MARIA JOPEK // October 10th 2018 // TURKCELL PLATINUM SAHNESİ // 21:00
One of the most beautiful voices of Polish contemporary music scene, Anna Maria Jopek will be at Turkcell Platinum Stage on October 10!
Born in 1970 in Warsaw, singer/songwriter, pianist, composer and producer Anna Maria Jopek recorded her first track when she was just three years old at the Polish Radio, and since then she never lost her interest in music. Considering that her mother is a dancer and her father is a renowned musician, Jopek grew up in an artful environment. She started jazz education at Manhattan Music School in New York and continued her studies in Frederic Chopin Music Academy on classical music. After representing her country at Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, she released her debut album in 1998 and won the title “Golden Record”. In 1998, Poland’s most prominent music prize Fryderyk was awarded to Jopek.
Jopek earned international acclaim in 2002 when she recorded her collaborative album Upojenie with American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Other than her fellow Polish artists who she collaborated with often, she got to work with Bobby McFerrin, Ivan Lins, Nigel Kennedy, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Youssou N’Dour, Branford Marsalis and Makoto Ozone.
Blending jazz, pop and folk elements with her lyrical voice, Jopek already has a uniqueness to her tunes. In one of her interviews, Jopek said that “Please don’t limit my music to jazz. Many things have influenced me. Jazz is essential for me because of its freedom and harmonic structure, but I grew up with Polish folk songs. I find root in these Slavic songs..”
For the past few years Anna has been experimenting with various stage forms. She has collaborated with the international theatre company – Song of the Goat Theatre. To take part in the group’s working process, she lived in their commune and performed with them for a month each day at the Fringe Festival in Scotland. Anna has also performed in “Czas Kobiety” (A Woman’s Time), the production of Teatr Stary in Lublin, directed by a legend of Polish theatre – professor Leszek Mądzik. The music was written by Anna Maria Jopek together with Robert Kubiszyn.
Anna Maria Jopek’s music and voice will be a great addition to a magical fall evening in Istanbul!
GHOST THE MUSICAL // October 19th -November 4th 2018 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ
One of Hollywood’s most legendary romantic fantasy thriller’s, is now a musical classic. Ghost the Musical will be on Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage on October 19 – November 4 for 21 performances!
1990 Jerry Zucker movie Ghost is based on a twisted love story that features a New Yorker couple, Sam and Molly. Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…
Ghost the Musical premiered at Manchester Opera House in 2011, directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus, and featuring Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy in the leading roles. In the same year, the musical premiered in the West End, at the Piccadilly Theatre. With its tremendous visual effects, the show was praised by the critics. The show premiered on Broadway in 2012.
In 2016 the musical was re-imagined in a new production produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Bob Tomson. The show toured the UK and in 2018 embarked on a big international tour.
The movie ‘Ghost’ has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. The movie and the musical feature The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.
VICTOR WOOTEN TRIO FT. DENNIS CHAMBERS & BOB FRANCESCHINI // October 24th & 25th 2018 // STUDIO // 21:30
5 time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, the American musician, composer, writer and producer defined as the Bach of bass guitar, will be in Zorlu PSM stage on 24th & 25th of October with his band which will feature American jazz/funk drummer Dennis Chamber and American jazz saxophone player Bob Franceschini as guest artists.
Wooten, who was awarded the Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player Magazine for three years in a row being the only musician to gain the award more than once, was also number 10 in the 10 Best Bass Players of All Time list of Rolling Stone magazine.
Having released 10 albums throughout his solo career, Victor Wooten has an esteemed place in the music world with his ability to create sounds that resemble an orchestra with his 4-string bass guitar. Along with his solo career, he has been performing since his youth with The Victor Wooten Band, which consists of family members and will be in Zorlu PSM on 24-25 of October, as well as being the bass player of the bluegrass / funk band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones since 1988.
The supergroup SMV’s album “Thunder”, which he has released in collaboration with the legendary musicians Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller in 2008, continues to be one of the most important works of Wooten’s career.
Apart from his musical career, Victor Wooten began his career as a writer with his first novel “Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music” and is currently working on a sequel.
The performance of The Victor Wooten Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini will take place two days in a row on 24th & 25th of October bringing an exceptional jazz experience before you in Zorlu PSM.
IMOGEN HEAP & GUY SIGSWORTH (FROU FROU) // October 26th & 27th 2018 // TURKCELL PLATINUM SAHNESİ // 21:00
World-famous British artist Imogen Heap will be at Zorlu PSM with her amazing vocal and unforgettable hits like Hide and Seek, Tiny Human and Goodnight and Go, accompanied by Guy Sigsworth of Frou Frou, on 26 and 27th of October!
Dominating contemporary music scene for over twenty years now, Imogen Heap is now touring worldwide with her brand Mycelia. With Mycelia, Heap has been blending music with technology in projects such as Tiny Human. Finding inspiration in almost anything, Heap uses technology in a conventional manner to create beautifully produced tunes such as her biggest hit, Hide and Seek. For the past few years, Heap has been keen on using blockchain technology to create a sustainable environment for artists, creating “creative passports” to help support musicians. Along her contributions to the industry, Heap achieved to stay at top of her game throughout decades, with her beautiful dramatic vocal and multi-instrumented music.
Imogen Heap is accompanied by famous British composer Guy Sigsworth of Frou Frou, who had collaborated with artists such as Björk, Britney Spears, Madonna and Seal.
YOUN SUN NAH // November 2nd 2018 // TURKCELL PLATINUM SAHNESİ // 21:00
A contemporary star in global jazz scene Youn Sun Nah will be at Turkcell Platinum Stage on November 2nd!
Youn Sun Nah was born and raised in Seoul in a family captivated by the voice; her father is a choir conductor and her mother is a musical actress. She learns piano in her childhood but spends most of her time to her general studies until she graduates in Literature at the University of Konkuk in 1992.
The year after that, she’s invited by the Korean Symphony Orchestra to sing gospels. She makes her first steps on record and on stage. Following that experience, she’s noticed and hired in musicals. Her appearances are rewarded and new opportunities lead her to make choices: a career is opening to her but she’s not convinced to be on the right track. She finally decides to go back to school to study music and singing.
She studied at the National Institute of Music in Beauvais, at the Conservatory of Nadia and Lili Boulanger and at the CIM, school of jazz and current music. It is in that school that the epiphany happens. Around the year 2000 she does her first tours and collects prizes during contests, festivals such as La Défense or Jazz à Juan. The beginning of a long list of distinctions, marked by a decoration of the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres given by the Cultural French Ministry in 2009 and also the Sejong Prize of Culture awarded by the Korean government in 2013.
During 6 full seasons, her voice and her personality have impacted and touched the hearts all over the globe. About 500 concerts between 2009 and 2015, most of them sold-out, 3 albums and 2 of them gold records in France and Germany (Same girl & Lento, ACT). Throughout this time she has received many distinctions from her peers (Académie du Jazz in France, Echo Jazz in Germany, Korean Music Award in Korea) and and appeared at the 2014 Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony.
In May 2017, YSN release a new album: She Moves On. She’ll be on tour during the whole season of 2017-2018.
JAZZANOVA LIVE FEAT. PAUL RANDOLPH // November 2nd 2018 // STUDIO // 22:30
An entity in a constant state of becoming, right from the very first moment they came together as a group of DJs in 1995, there was no template for what Jazzanova would be, and at every stage they have had to make up the rules as they went along. Never adhering to one particular scene or sound, never pursuing one particular technique or format, they’ve acted as a DJ collective, a production house, a prolific remix team, radio programmers and presenters, label owners and curators. Constantly, this has been with one foot in club culture and the other in the live arena: the place where they’ve been most active in the last decade. And all of these streams of creativity have flowed constantly over the past two decades plus, quite naturally towards the gorgeous depths of The Pool, their most mature and absorbing record yet. When the team of Alex Barck, Claas Brieler, Axel Reinemer, Jürgen von Knoblauch and Stefan Leisering first met, they were all deep into a club scene that revolved around – as Stefan puts it – “funk, jazz, disco, Latin… all kinds of things – but mostly old records.”
Ali Gültekin 21:00
Jazzanova Live feat. Paul Randolph 22:30
Ali Gültekin Afterparty
TAMINO // November 10th 2018 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ (SAHNE ÜSTÜ AYAKTA) // 22:00
Egyptian-Belgian singer and songwriter Tamino will be at Zorlu PSM with his immersive vocal range and beautiful melancholia on November 10!
Tamino Moharam Fouad, widely known as Tamino, is a half Egyptian half Belgian artist who is currently based in Antwerp. Became famous at a very young age, 21-year-old Tamino’s debut EP “Habibi” showcase his immersive vocal range as well as presenting an impressionistic tableau of his many moods and skills. Tamino has so far delivered five songs that are outstandingly genuine, introspective yet bold, otherworldly yet firmly grounded in tradition. Tamino’s artistic approach represents a very dynamic and young blend of Arabian music and a Jeff Buckley-style music. The quiet sorrow in between the lyrics of his songs accompanied by his simple yet bold vocal creates an utterly unique experience for the audience to wander around dream-like landscapes.
RODRIGO AMARANTE // November 13th 2018 // STUDIO // 22:00
A mixer of numerous genres such as folk rock, Brazilian music and experimental rock in a unique fashion, Emmy nominee Rodrigo Amarante will be at Zorlu PSM Studio with his cherished tunes and intimate stage performance on November 13!
Rodrigo Amarante is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles who has made an international name with his band Little Joy (alongside The Strokes’ drummer Fab Moretti and Binki Shapiro), also by recording and touring with Devendra Banhart on his last four albums and most recently for writing and producing the theme song for the Netflix show Narcos which earned him an Emmy nomination.
What you might not know is that Amarante is an inescapable figure in Brazilian music. He is a founding member of the iconic band Los Hermanos and the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial (alongside Seu Jorge and Moreno Veloso). He has recorded, arranged and written music with Brazilian icons such as Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze and Marisa Monte amongst many and was elected one of the 100 best musicians in Brazilian history by Rolling Stone Magazine.
He is currently recording his second solo album, to be released early in 2019.
GARANTİ CAZ YEŞİLİ: JOAN OSBORNE SINGS THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN // November 17th 2018 // TURKCELL PLATINUM SAHNESİ
Grammy-nominated soulful vocalist Joan Osborne will be at Zorlu PSM, with her latest project “Songs of Bob Dylan” on November 17!
Commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, is currently touring worldwide with her latest project, Songs of Bob Dylan. On Songs of Bob Dylan, Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. The seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer,” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.
GARANTİ CAZ YEŞİLİ: LERA LYNN // November 22nd 2018 // TURKCELL PLATINUM SAHNESİ
Highly acclaimed contemporary Americana star behind the tunes of HBO drama “True Detective,” Lera Lynn will be at Zorlu PSM as a part of Garanti Jazz Green concerts on November 22!
A singer, songwriter, actress, producer and an active player of the American music scene since her independent debut album “Have You Met Lera Lynn?” released in 2011, Lynn has been an outstanding vocal of Americana and indie-folk ever since. Gaining some critical acclaim since her debut, she released her second album “The Avenues” after 3 years. The Avenues had a career shifting role in Lynn’s discography, catching the attention of T-Bone Burnett who was at the time producing HBO’s favorite criminal drama “True Detective”s soundtrack. Lera’s big break came with True Detective soundtrack, which eventually turned into an appearance in the series. Her third album Resistor was released in 2016, adopting a more apparent rock influence than its predecessors. Her latest album was released early this year, “Plays Well With Others.” Lynn is now touring worldwide, embracing the crowds with her mellow vocal and perfect Americana.
ANA POPOVIC // November 23rd 2018 // STUDIO // 22:00
Genius female guitarist of the contemporary music scene, Ana Popovic will be at Zorlu PSM Studio on November 23 with her new album TRILOGY!
L.A. based, Belgrade born guitar-player and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album TRILOGY – Her most ambitious project yet.
With TRILOGY Ana releases three albums in one. Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis,one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others.
The only female guitarist part of the ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix 2014 – ’17 line-up about the release: “In an era where most are sceptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life.”
Ana, born in Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia), grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into a phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.
Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, D’Angelico, Jim Dunlop and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and many others. She’s nominated for six Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums Can You Stand The Heat (2013) and Unconditional (2011) where Pick-Of-The-Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana’s albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
SEVDALIZA // December 1st 2018 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ
Presenting a sound that brilliantly blends avant-pop, alternative R&B, and experimental electronica, Sevdalizawill be at Zorlu PSM with her hypnotic master melodies and impressive stage performance on December 1!
Persian-Dutch singer, songwriter and producer Sevda Alizadeh, or widely known as Sevdaliza, took her first step into a professional career in music in 2014 releasing her first single “Clear Air.” Highly acclaimed artist bends genres like electronica, trip-hop, grime and avant-garde in a subtle but loud manner. In her songwriting, she is inspired by famous novelists and artists. Her evolution into a professional artist started with her first EP in 2015 “The Suspended Kid.” Her musical style, as critics call it, “as unique as she is,” she released her debut album ISON in 2017. Releasing a more trip-hop centric sound, she released some of the world-famous hits “Marilyn Monroe,” “Human” and “That Other Girl.” She released her first ever Persian song “Bebin” in 2017 against Executive Order 13769 and gained a whole new vision and mission of her artistic approach. Sevdaliza is unstoppable for sure, and best is yet to come!
NADINE SHAH // December 6th 2018 // STUDIO
Having earned an early reputation for a soulful voice, one of the freshest young faces of music Nadine Shah will be at Studio on December 6!
Born to Pakistani and Norwegian parentage, Whitburn, South Tyneside-based singer/songwriter Nadine Shah possesses a voice and more importantly, a mystique, that has oft been described as a blend between PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, but her brooding, intensely atmospheric blend of midnight loner pop and torchy, jazz-kissed indie rock owes a nod to fellow English insomniacs. Inspired by jazz and pop as a youth, as well the religious Sufi songs that her father brought into the house, Shah issued a series of evocative singles and a pair of EPs before releasing her debut long-player, 2013’s Love Your Dum and Mad, produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, the Horrors, Depeche Mode). Hillier returned for 2015’s follow-up Fast Food, an album that explored the passionate and dark sides of relationships. On her third studio album, 2017’s Holiday Destination, Shah delved into her identity and heritage alongside the rise of global nationalism.
OMAR SOULEYMAN // December 21st 2018 // STUDIO
From Syria to Glastonbury, a world-wide phenomenon Syrian singer and songwriter Omar Souleyman will be at Studio to sing, dance and laugh with his Istanbulite fans on December 21!
Starting off his career as a wedding entertainer in his native Syrian town, Omar Souleyman’s music reflects more than Syrian traditional folk. His music is a harmony of the geographical memory of his homeland, as he describes “My music is from the community I come from – the Kurdish, the Ashuri, the Arabic, they’re all in this community. Even Turkish because it’s so near, it’s just across the border. And even Iraqi”. Including the albums that he created after each wedding to gift the bride and the groom and his professional work, he released more than 500 albums up to date. As well as his astonishing collaborations with great performers like Björk and his memorable appearances in world-famous stages like 2011 Glastonbury Festival, Omar Souleyman will be joining his Istanbulite fans at Studio on December 21!
MARK ELIYAHU // February 1st 2019 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ
Zorlu PSM will once again feature an unforgettable night in which the sounds of the East and the West harmoniously come together to form a musical bond. On February 1st, musician Mark Eliyahu is coming to Zorlu PSM with the interethnic sounds of his kamanche and baglama.
Born in Dagestan in 1982, Eliyahu emigrated to Israel with his parents in 1989. At age 16, having decided that he was interested in baglama and Turkish music, he started living with Ross Daly, who had dedicated his life to the music of Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. Taking up an interest in playing the kamanche, Eliyahu later studied with Adalat Vazirov in Azerbaijan to learn about Persian-Azerean music.
After his first solo album called “Voices of Judea” was released in 2005, he toured around Europe and Israel with his ensemble, appearing in famous venues such as the Pompideu Center in Paris and the Fabrica Festival in Italy.
Besides being a talented musician, Mark Eliyahu is also known as a musical producer and arranger. He took part in contemporary dance companies as both a composer and a performer, while producing various albums in Israel and performing in esteemed concerts throughout the world. He composed the music of the documentary film called In Third Form and the motion picture called Balled to the Crying Spring. He regularly collaborated with his father Piris Eliyahu, who was a composer, musicologist, and Tar player.
The sounds of the Caucasus are coming to Zorlu PSM on February 1st through the melodies of Mark Eliyahu’s kamanche and baglama.
URIAH HEEP ‘’LIVING THE DREAM WORLD TOUR’’ // February 10th 2019 // TURKCELL SAHNESİ
Legendary British heavy metal band Uriah Heep will be at Zorlu PSM!
Taking their name from the scheming, parasitic lawyer in Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield, Uriah Heep is a progressive rock institution who, alongside bands like Deep Purple, Queen, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin, helped lay the foundation for the United Kingdom’s vibrant hard rock/heavy metal scene, via combustible hits like “Easy Livin’,” “The Wizard,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Lady in Black,” and “Stealin’.” Founded in 1969 by powerhouse vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box, the group have since sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide.
JAY-JAY JOHANSON // February 14th 2019 // STUDIO
Genre bending Swedish trip-hop, synthpop and electronica master Jay-Jay Johanson will be at Studio on February 14!
Swedish singer/songwriter Jäje Johanson, who goes by the stage name Jay-Jay Johanson, infuses the measured, slow-burn aesthetics of downbeat and trip-hop with the metallic pulse of electro-pop, resulting in his own signature brand of film noir-imbued electronic melancholy. Born and raised in the city of Trollhättan, Johanson released his debut album, Whiskey, in 1996, followed by Tattoo in 1998. His third outing, 2000’s Poison, featured Cocteau Twins founder/guitarist Robin Guthrie, and debuted at the number four spot on the French pop charts. Released in 2002, Antenna was recorded with the help of German IDM group Funkstörung, and 2005’s Rush boasted contributions from French producer/multi-instrumentalist Jean-Pierre Ensuque. The following year, Johanson appeared on (as well as co-wrote) the track “Marble House” for the Knife’s Silent Shout LP, and began work on 2007’s The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known. He has released 14 albums up to date and the best is yet to come.